Date: last quarter 16th century

Culture: British

Medium: silk, gold, silver, linen

Dimensions: Height (of body of purse): 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)

Credit Line: Purchase, Judith and Gerson Leiber Fund, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.300.1


Elaborately embroidered purses such as this example were known as "sweet bags" and were used to carry scented herbs or essences to cover unpleasant odors.